SOLO SPOTLIGHT: MUSIC FOR BASSOON BY BASSOONISTS
Presented in the intimate SunTrust Pavilion, Solo Spotlights feature one or two Fellows in recital programs they design.
Devienne : Quartet for Bassoon, Violin, Viola and Cello
Elgar : Romance
Garfield : Quartet for Bassoon, Violin, Viola and Cello
Weber : Andante and Hungarian Rondo
Darren Hicks, a second-year Bassoon Fellow at the New World Symphony, is an award-winning Canadian bassoonist with his hands in both the orchestral world and the chamber music scene. Upcoming performances include concerts at the New World Center in Miami Beach, the season opening concert for Cantata Profana in New York City, a concert of 21st-century Canadian woodwind quintets in Montreal, a joint production with Continuum Contemporary Music of Toronto and the Société de Musique contemporaine du Québec.
Mr. Hicks’ orchestral experiences include the Verbier Festival Orchestra for the past three years and working with world-renowned conductors like Valery Gergiev, Gianandrea Noseda, Daniel Harding, Charles Dutoit and Yuri Temirkanov. He has also been privileged to perform with the Toronto Symphony, National Arts Centre Orchestra and conductors Peter Oundjian, Trevor Pinnock, Pinchas Zukerman and Alexander Shelley. Summers spent at the Banff Centre, Domaine Forget and the National Youth Orchestra of Canada have allowed Mr. Hicks to work with bassoonists Whitney Crockett, Gilbert Audin and Kathleen McLean, as well as perform chamber music under the guidance of Werner Herbers.
Mr. Hicks’ accolades include the Dean’s Prize at Yale University’s 2014 Commencement, the Thomas Daniel Nyfenger Prize (awarded to the student displaying the highest level of excellence in woodwind playing) from the Yale School of Music and the 2012 National Arts Centre Orchestra Bursary Prize. A graduate of the Yale School of Music and the University of Ottawa, Mr. Hicks has studied with principal teachers Frank Morelli and Christopher Millard (bassoon), Joan Panetti (musicianship) and David Shifrin (chamber music). When not holed up in a practice room or crying over his reeds, you can find Mr. Hicks reading books on physics, gazing at the architectural details of concert halls or rowing a canoe through the many provincial parks of his home country.